Google’s PhotoScan is a free app for iOS and Android that scans your photos multiple times, then stitches all the images together to remove glare and improve the quality of the final image. The app works on matte, gloss prints, and photos inside or outside albums.
Here’s how it works: Snap one photo, then take four additional shots according to the app’s instructions. PhotoScan uses an algorithm to detect and crop the photo, automatically detect the edge, correct the rotation, and correct the perspective to show a frontal view.
Open the PhotoScan app and hold your phone above a photo.
Tap the capture button to take pictures, which will save to your device.
Move your phone around to get the circle over each of the four dots.
After the photo is processed, tap the photo thumbnail.
Select a photo to rotate, adjust the corners or delete.
You can then use Google Photos to store and organize your scans. From there, you can edit your images and share them with others.
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Microsoft Lens (formerly Office Lens) is a free business-oriented scanning app that works with documents, whiteboards, business cards, receipts, menus, signs, handwritten memos, or anything else containing text you want to import to your phone. It certainly beats typing everything by hand.
A solid option for negatives: FilmBox by Photomyne
FilmBox is a scanner app for iOS and Android that digitizes your camera film negatives using just your smartphone.
You can view, capture, and save film negatives, making browsing, organizing, and sharing easier. FilmBox inverts the image’s negative colors into positive, then enhances the overall appearance.
Note: The first few scans are free, but you’ll have to pay for a subscription if you want to capture more. A two-year plan costs $39.99 and gives unlimited access to the app and its features.
All you need is a light source and your smartphone to get started:
Place your negatives in a dark or low-lit room. Open the FilmBox app.
The only light source should be a backlight, which you can get by opening a white screen on a tablet or computer. You can also use the photomyne.com/backlight link provided in the app. Set your backlight device to the highest brightness setting.
Hold your film strip vertically in front of the light and keep it steady. Make sure the perforated borders are included in the scanning screen.
Hold your negatives about two inches away from the light source and tap the app’s capture button.
Your image will be saved as a digital photo in the app.
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